CompTIA recognizes young entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators who are using their energy, education and expertise to “positively influence the IT industry and drive change within the IT channel."

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

July 12, 2016

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Millennials with AT&T, Intel Security and LOGICnow (now SolarWinds MSP) are the recipients of CompTIA’s 2016 ChannelChangers award.

AT&T's Taylor ConklinThis year’s ChannelChangers are:

  • Dana Bullister, 26, program manager, Strategic Data Initiatives, for LOGICnow in Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Taylor Conklin, 29, director of marketing communications for AT&T Partner Exchange in Dallas

  • Katie Hightower, 29, channel marketing for Intel Security in Plano, Texas.

“These three honorees are inspired, accomplished and dedicated to making a difference and building a career that contributes to the greater success of the industry they work in,” said Kelly Ricker, CompTIA’s senior vice president of events and education. “Congratulations to our 2016 ChannelChangers; and thank you to those who make the time to lead, encourage and mentor our industry’s future leaders.”{ad}

Intel Security's Katie HightowerThe ChannelChangers award recognizes young entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators under 30 who are using their energy, education and expertise to “positively influence the IT industry and drive change within the IT channel.”

Bullister’s first role within the IT channel was to serve as a “data scientist” for GFI, which later became LOGICnow and is now part of SolarWinds MSP. She was the director behind LOGICnow’s LOGICcards initiative, a predictive analytics and machine-learning effort that looks across billions of data points to deliver real-time, value-driving intelligence to LOGICnow’s channel partners.

LOGICnow's Dana BullisterSince 2015, Conklin’s team has secured and planned AT&T Partner Exchange’s presence at more than 30 channel-minded events, and in 2016, they initiated a series of regional events across the United States for their partners. Taylor and her team have simplified the AT&T Partner Exchange tier structure, helped to create a turnkey marketing experience for program members, and are preparing for the third annual AT&T Partner Exchange Summit.

Recently, Intel Security presented Hightower with its Marketing Excellence award for her work in 2015, making her the first North America channel-marketing employee to receive the global honor. Her day-to-day responsibilities include managing the execution of all of the North America channel-related demand generation initiatives, and she served as the project manager for the 2015 and 2016 North America Intel Security Partner Specialist Summit.

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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